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Mountain Home, Arkansas
—  City  —
Baxter County Courthouse
Location in Baxter County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 36°20′10″N 92°22′56″W / 36.33611, -92.38222Coordinates: 36°20′10″N 92°22′56″W / 36.33611, -92.38222
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Baxter
 • Total 11.7 sq mi (30.4 km2)
 • Land 11.7 sq mi (30.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 817 ft (249 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 12,448
 • Density 1,187.9/sq mi (409.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 72653-72654
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-47390
GNIS feature ID 0077766

Mountain Home is a city in and the county seat of Baxter County, Arkansas, United States,[1] in the southern Ozark Mountains. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 12,448.[2] A total of 41,307 persons lived within the city and micropolitan combined, which encompasses the majority of Baxter County.


Mountain Home is located in northern Arkansas at 36°20′10″N 92°22′56″W / 36.33611, -92.38222 (36.336248, -92.382279).[3] It is the center of the Twin Lakes area, with Norfork Lake 15 minutes to the east and Bull Shoals Lake 20 minutes to the northwest. It is located within the Ozarks mountain range, in the Salem Plateau region. The city is located within 15 to 20 minutes of three rivers, the Buffalo National River, the White River and the North Fork River, which features the world-renowned Norfork Tailwater, all of these making the Mountain Home area one of the nation's top freshwater fishing destinations. Some creeks in the area with fishing access are Fall Creek, Dodd Creek, and Hicks Creek, with Fall Creek being the largest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30.4 km2), all of it land.[2]


Highways in Mountain Home:

  • US 62 (1961).svgUS 412.svg US 62/US 412
  • US 62B.svg U.S. Route 62 Business
  • Arkansas 5.svg Highway 5
  • Arkansas 101.svg Highway 101
  • Arkansas 178.svg Highway 178
  • Arkansas 201.svg Highway 201
  • Arkansas 201S.svg Highway 201 Spur

The city is served by Ozark Regional Airport, a county-owned, public-use airport with a few commercial flights.

No railroads pass through Mountain Home, but the Union Pacific Railroad passes through the nearby community of Cotter, 10 miles (16 km) to the west. The line encompasses 506 miles of track from Carthage, MO to Diaz Junction in Arkansas. The line has about 5 trains a day with most being mixed freight or empty coal trains.


Mountain Home has been served by local newspaper The Baxter Bulletin since 1901. The Bulletin also publishes Living Well Magazine, a general interest magazine featuring interesting people, place and things in the Ozarks. Several local radio stations serve Mountain Home. KTLO AM 1240 was the first, established in 1953. KTLO FM, KOMT 107.5 FM, KPFM 105.5 FM, and KKTZ 107.5 FM. KCTT FM and KCMH FM are licensed to Mountain Home. Several other stations are licensed to surrounding communities and serve Baxter County.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 137
1890 242 76.6%
1900 363 50.0%
1910 446 22.9%
1920 492 10.3%
1930 585 18.9%
1940 927 58.5%
1950 2,217 139.2%
1960 2,105 −5.1%
1970 3,936 87.0%
1980 8,066 104.9%
1990 9,027 11.9%
2000 11,012 22.0%
2010 12,448 13.0%
Est. 2014 12,278 [4] 11.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

According to the 2010 census, the population of Mountain Home was 12,448.[2]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 11,012 people, 5,175 households, and 3,151 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,035.7 people per square mile (400.0/km²). There were 5,612 housing units at an average density of 527.8 per square mile (203.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.69% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 1.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,175 households out of which 19.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.59.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 18.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 36.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 78.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,869, and the median income for a family was $34,895. Males had a median income of $26,800 versus $19,702 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,789. About 7.5% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.


ASU – Mountain Home[]

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home is a public, open-access, two-year campus of Arkansas State University located on a sprawling campus on the west side of the city. The campus became part of the ASU system in 1995. The campus architecture is styled after the University of Virginia.

Mountain Home school district[]

The public school district, Mountain Home Public Schools, encompasses some 330 square miles (850 km2) and serves more than 4,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The public school consists of seven campuses, which includes the Mountain Home High School (grades 10-12), Mountain Home-Baxter Junior High (grades 8 & 9), Pinkston Middle School (grades 6-7), Hackler Intermediete (grade 3-5), Nelson-Wilks-Herron Elementary school (grades 1-2), the Kindergarten center, and the Guy Berry College and Career Academy (alternative school setting.)

The Mountain Home School System, with the mascot the Bombers, plays in the 6A/7A East Athletic Conference in basketball, football, baseball, softball, track and field, soccer, wrestling, cross country, volleyball and swimming. The cross country teams have won multiple state championships in recent years and the swim and volleyball teams have competed for state championships recently. Mountain Home High School has an excellent band program which marched in the 2006 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and is currently directed by Tom Chentnik.

Notable residents[]

Poet C. D. Wright

  • Richard Antrim, rear admiral in the U.S. Navy; World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Wes Bentley, film actor
  • Johnny R. Key, Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate from Baxter County since 2009; businessman in Mountain Home
  • Richard A. Knaak, author; wrote the Minotaur Wars and other contributions to Dragonlance
  • Jennifer Wiseman, astronomer, discoverer of Comet Wiseman-Skiff
  • Shawn Womack, Republican former member of both houses of the Arkansas State Legislature; circuit judge of Arkansas' 14th Judicial District
  • C. D. Wright, poet


  • Mayor - Joe Dillard
  • Clerk - Brian Plumlee
  • City Attorney - Roger Morgan
  • Chief of Police - Carry Manuel
  • Fire Chief - Ken Williams
  • Superintendent - Lonnie Myers
  • Arkansas State Representative from District 100 - Karen Hopper until January 2015; then Nelda Speaks
  • Arkansas State Senator from District 17 - Johnny Key until January 2015; then Scott Flippo


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